After coming in #4 in the BBC’s annual Sound of 2011 poll, a lot was expected from London-based soul singer, Jamie Woon. After peaking at #15 in the UK album charts back in the early spring, Jamie’s debut album, Mirrorwriting, fell off into oblivion and he’s been scarcely heard of since. And that’s is a damn shame because Mirrorwriting is an album filled with subtle beauty that every music fan should know about.
Jamie graduated from the famed BRIT School, which gave us Amy Winehouse, Imogen Heap and Adele to name a few. His talent is just as massive as all three of those ladies and I’d venture to say that he possesses one of the most beautiful voices on a male solo artist we’ve heard since George Michael – though their styles are extremely different.
Ever since he came out with a couple of well-received singles a few years ago, I’d been looking forward to the release of Jamie’s debut album. However, expectations often times fall short these days – especially with male solo artists – and I honestly didn’t expect anything even remotely as perfect as Mirrorwriting turned out to be. Listening to his music reminds me of that feeling you get when you go on a first date with someone you’re not too keen on in the beginning, but by the end of the night you’re left holding hands; feeling all googly-eyed and tipsy; heart pounding a mile a minute.
His blend of trip-hoppy R&B combined with that soulful voice of his, surprises and endears you to thoughts of spontaneous lovemaking after drinking a bottle of wine over wonderful conversation. A must hear.
*Jamie Woon’s debut album, Mirrorwriting, is out now via Polydor.
Jamie Woon “Lady Luck”
Jamie Woon “Night Air”